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Prelude to War – 1930s to December 1941

The visitor experience at the National Museum of World War II Aviation begins with an overview of the development of aviation, from the early 1900s to the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. Visitors feel the excitement and sense of discovery that swept the world during the Golden Age of Aviation and learn how this new technology changed military strategy forever.

Key events in this gallery include early advancements in aircraft design, its adaptation to military use in World War I, development of air mail service and other commercial uses, and the race to develop land and sea-based military aviation in the period between World Wars I and II.

Prelude to War tells the story of the rise of aviation at a time when the entire world was descending

The National Museum of WW II Aviation features WWII-era veterans!!

SUNDAY AUGUST 16TH

There are few WWII-era veterans left, and the National Museum of World War II Aviation is providing an opportunity for the community to meet-and-greet some of these honored WWII veterans.

Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The National Museum of World War II Aviation
775 Aviation Way, Colorado Springs, 80916

Scheduled to appear are:
Ed Beck—Army POW captured during the Battle of the Bulge who escaped from captivity.
Marilyn Doenges—Army nurse who served in the UK and Northern France
JJ Inman—P-51 pilot who flew missions in China
Noe Romero—Served on the U.S.S Yorktown at the Battle of Midway
Bill Roche—B-17 waist gunner who was shot down by German aircraft twice.
Cole “Junior” Griego—U.S. Navy Medic in the Battle of Iwo Jima

Advance admission purchases are advised for this event because advance ticket holders will be given priority to enter the museum. Appropriate social distancing and face masks will be required and strictly enforced.**

Historic note: 75 years ago on August 14, 1945 the Japanese surrendered, and hostilities in WWII ceased. The formal surrender of Japanese forces was signed Sept. 2, 1945.